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Prince Harry's Invictus Games - May 8-12, 2016

These games celebrate wounded servicemen and women from around the globe.  10 sporting events will be held, including archery, cycling, indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, triathlon, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.  More than 500 soldiers from 15 different countries are expected to compete in the Games.  The event will be broadcast live on the ESPN channels, with more than 40 hours of coverage.  This is the first time the event has been held in the U.S. and in attendance will be First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and Prince Harry. Olympic medalist Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough of Dancing with the Stars will be celebrity ambassadors; both are expected to attend the Games. There will be musical performances by James Blunt and Laura Wright.

The Opening Ceremonies will be televised on ESPN2 and will feature musical performances and stories of the competitors.




Tickets now on sale here!

Single session tickets:

Opening Ceremony tickets:

Closing Ceremony tickets:

The 2014 inaugural games in London hosted 400 athletes from 13 countries and 65,000 spectators.  More than 10 million fans watched the games on TV.

The event uses "the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for all those who serve their country as well as their families and caregivers." 


Date Time (ET) Event/Commentators Network
Sun, May 8 8 – 10 p.m. Opening Ceremony ESPN2
Mon, May 9 8 – 11 a.m. Powerlifting Finals ESPN3
  1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Rowing Finals ESPN3
7 – 10 p.m. Archery Finals ESPN3
  7 – 8 p.m. Day 1 Primetime Show ESPN2
Tue, May 10 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Track & Field Finals ESPN3
2 – 4:30 p.m. Sitting Volleyball Semifinals ESPN3
  7 – 9:30 p.m. Sitting Volleyball Gold & Bronze Matches ESPN3
7 – 8 p.m. Day 2 Primetime Show ESPN2
Wed, May 11 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Swimming Finals ESPN3
2 – 4:30 p.m. Wheelchair Rugby Semifinals ESPN3
  7:30 – 11p.m. Wheelchair Rugby Gold & Bronze Medal Matches & Exhibition ESPN3
7 – 8 p.m. Day 3 Primetime Show ESPN2
Thur, May 12 8 – 10 a.m. Wheelchair Tennis Final ESPN3
  10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Wheelchair Basketball Semifinals ESPN3
  2 – 4 p.m. Wheelchair Basketball Gold & Bronze Medal Matches ESPN3
  7:30 – 10 p.m. Closing Ceremony ESPN2


ESPN Wide World of Sports Overview

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The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is a 220-acre state of the art sports facility. It’s quite impressive with the imposing 7,500 seat Cracker Jack stadium.

It can be difficult to get to the facility.  Having a car helps since the buses only run from a few of the resorts.  Buses run from the All Star resorts, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach.  There is no parking fee.

ESPN Wide World of Sports serves many purposes. Pre-season training for the Atlanta Braves takes place here.  In addition, it is host to many athletic competitions including the Amateur Athletic Union Championship Events. For a complete schedule, look here: Wide World of Sports

If you’re a sports fan, you may want to head to the ESPN Wide World of Sports to watch a competition. There’s an admission fee that varies depending on the event.  Coolers are allowed but no alcohol, no glass containers and no lawn chairs. (The cooler policy is subject to change.)

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